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Etymology

From German Ur-, originally from Old High German, ir-, or ur- meaning thoroughly.[1]

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ʊə/, /ɜː/

Prefix

ur-

  1. Forming words with the sense of ‘proto-, primitive, original’.
    • 2003, John Adcox, 'Can Fantasy be Myth? Mythopoeia and The Lord of the Rings', The Newsletter of the Mythic Imagination Institute[1]:
      "Some stories reach deeper, into the most primal and profound truths. They mirror, in new and original ways, the Ur-myth, the act of creation itself."
    • 2007, Max Rodenbeck, ‘Lebanon's Agony’, New York Review of Books, vol. 54 no. 11:
      "...Lebanon ultimately remains hostage to the regional ur-conflict over Palestine."

Usage notes

  • Unlike most prefixes this prefix often forms words spelled with a hyphen.
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Old High German

Prefix

ur-

  1. thoroughly[1]

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References

  • Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Ur-, in the Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, 1974 edition.

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